Prof Andrew Irving

Director: Granada Centre of Visual Anthropology

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Overview

Regional specialisations and Interests East Africa (inc Kampala, Uganda) and New York City. Death; Illness and Medical Anthropology; HIV/AIDS; Interior Dialogue, Memory and Imagination; Visual, Sensory and Bodily Perception; Art, Performance and Aesthetics; Experimental Methods and Collaborative Anthropology; Existential and Phenomenological Anthropology; Urban Anthropology and Spatial Perception.

Recent and Current Research

The Art of Life and Death:  Recent work includes the book The Art of Life and Death: Radical Aesthetics and Ethnographic Practice  (2017: HAU Malinowski Monograph Series: University of Chicago Press).

"The art of life and death is unlike anything I have ever read in its combination of theoretical ambition and methodological innovation" Danilyn Rutherford

"The art of life and death is a monumental anthropological achievement" Paul Stoller

"A brilliantly engaging piece of work that invites us to rethink life itself" Sarah Pink

"A splendid achievement" Veena Das

The book can be ordered here and from the usual distibutors such as Amazon and Blackwells

http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/distributed/A/bo25471234.html

A free and open access version of "The Art of Life and Death" can be downloaded here:

https://haubooks.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Irving_Art_of_Life_and_Death.pdf

Enhancing Resilient Deaf Youth: I am currently developing an MRC/AHRC funded research project in South Africa under the collective theme of Rethinking Media/Reclaiming Personhood. Deaf children and youth often face discrimination and exclusion from society. They are not given adequate opportunities for acquiring language, building meaningful relationships, receiving specialised healthcare and receiving equal education. The aim is to consider how socially marginalised deaf youth become included in community and society through different kinds of media practices. The projects use visual and other sensory media and collaborative forms of self-representation to address questions of research, representation, ethics and empowerment and set up a different kind of social life.

See here for a selection of short films, photograhs and more information
http://deafcamsa.net/

Other recent work includes the media production “The Man Who Almost Killed Himself” (made collaboration with Josh Azouz, Don Boyd HiBrow Productions and BBC Arts), which adapted some of my anthropolgical research into a play for the Edinburgh Festival, BBC Arts and Odeon Cinemas. A clip from the BBC production can be found here https://vimeo.com/105284691

The experimental art/anthropology research project "New York Stories" that researches and represents how different modes of inner expression--including interior dialogues, unarticulated moods, imaginative lifeworlds and emotional reverie--constitute peoples lived experience of urban life and mediate social-cultural spaces but remain hidden beneath the surface of public activities.

See here for recent interview and links: http://blog.wennergren.org/2013/06/interview-dr-andrew-irving-new-york-stories/

Recent Plays/Films/Exhibitions/Television

2016 “Wandering Scholars: Or How to Get in Touch with Strangers” Österreichisches Museum

           für Volkskunde, Vienna

2016 “Bridges: A New Sense of Scale” Ethnography in the Expanded Field. New School, New

            York

2015  “Live Edition” Plataforma Gallery, Bogota, Colombia

2014  “The Man Who Almost Killed Himself” (collaboration with Josh Azouz, Don Boyd HiBrow Productions and BBC Arts)

-Edinburgh Festival (Aug 7th-11th 2014)

-BBC Arts (Aug 10th 2014),

-BBC IPlayer (Aug 2014- Aug 2016)

-Odeon Cinemas (Aug 11th 2014)

2013 New York Stories: Lives of Other Citizens

2012 “The Lives of Other Citizens” SOMA Arts Gallery, San Francisco. Multi and Interactive

            Media, inc film, sound and digital technologies

2010 School Outreach in Uganda (Health Education Film made for National Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda)

2009 Railway School HIV Sensitisation (Health Education Film made for National Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda)

2009 Kaleidoscope: Hands and Neighbourhood


PhD supervision
I welcome PhD projects across a broad range of anthropological themes, especially those that place special emphasis on the following areas: Death; Illness and Medical Anthropology; HIV/AIDS; Interior Dialogue, Memory and Imagination; Visual, Sensory and Bodily Perception; The Anthropology of Time; Art, Performance and Aesthetics; Experimental Methods and Collaborative Anthropology; Existential and Phenomenological Anthropology; Urban Anthropology.

PHD RESEARCH STUDENTS

Current (1st Supervisor)

Rosa Sansone: The Social Formation of the Mediterranean Sea: An Ethnographic Perspective on Movement and Perception across Lampedusian Waters

Lana Askari: Homemaking: Return dynamics of Kurdish diaspora

Paloma Yanez Serrano: Sensorial Experiences of the Agro City: The case of Spain’s “Plastic Sea”


Lee Gallagher: The Journey Back Home: Processes of Recovery and Disjuncture in Traumatic Brain Injury 

Current (2nd supervisor)

Jose Farjado Escoffie: A journey with the native potato: from local knowledge to luxury consumption

Veronica Castro: Santo Daime (co-supervised with Drama)

Kriston Jackson: Everyday Aesthetics on the Vernacular American Roadside (co-supervised with Drama)

Completed (1st Supervisor)

2017 JongMin Jeong: Healing the brain through sensory stimulation and activities

2017   Alessandra D’Onofrio Imaginary Tales from either Shore: undocumented Egyptian migrants in Milan (co-supervised with Drama)

2017   Shotaro Wake: Empathy and stigma: their consequences for cancer survivors

2016   Ximin Zhou: Between Promises and Uncertainty: An Anthropological Study of Roads

2016    Paola Garnica: Visual perception and urban life: Mexico City

2015    Ruth Gibbons: It's all of these Puzzle Pieces: The representation and the manifest discourse of dyslexic experience.

2015    Martha Dietrich-Ortega: Sensing prison: the bodily and imaginative aspects of imprisonment among female prisoners in Peru

2014    Camilla Morelli: Movement, Materiality and Imagination: world-making and knowing amongst Matses children of Amazonian Peru

2013    Carolina Corral: Indefinite Sentence. The enduring presence of imprisonment in the lives of former inmates in Mexico

2013    Giovanni Spissu: The People of Long Street, Cape Town

2012   Natalie Araujo: Sin dejar: the cosmopolitan negotiations of Colombian migrants in London

2011    Penny Moore: Living a Musical Life: Musicians, Music-Making and the Creation of Space in Vienna

2010    Alyssa Grossman: Choreographies of Memory: everyday sites and practices of remembrance work in post-socialist, EU accession-era Bucharest

 

Completed (2nd Supervisor)

2018 Angelica Cabezas Pino: Audiovisual Strategies to overcome stigma among men with HIV in Chile (co-supervised with Drama)

2017   Karen Waltorp: Mirror Images The smartphone as relational device and real virtuality among young Muslim women in Copenhagen

2015    Placido Munoz Moran: Street art, cultural identity and public space in Barcelona

2015    Rachael Gore: Rhythmic horizons: mapping sound in London

2014    Michael Atkins: Looking for business: social and visual ambiguity of men that sell sex on the street

2013    Andrea Gasper: Conceptions of the visual in the contemporary design world: an ethnography in a design studio in Milan.

 

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